For years, Pierpaolo Piccioli's fashion shows for Valentino have proven that the longtime creative director of the famed Roman couture house has a solid finger on the pulse — such as when he teamed up with Undercover's Jun Takahashi to create special prints for his AW19 menswear and womenswear collections, or when he used his colorful Fall 2019 couture show to reimagine Cecil Beaton's iconic 1948 photo of (white) models wearing Charles James gowns, instead centering a whole host of powerful Black women. Fittingly, for Valentino's beautiful Autumn/Winter 2020 menswear show in Paris, the illustrious designer raised the bar yet again by treating attendees to an intimate mini-concert from the one and only FKA twigs.
Dressed in a flowing lace cape-dress that shimmered with glittering floral appliqués and complimented the netted crystal mask that covered the top half of her face (all designed by Piccioli for Valentino, naturally), the artist born Tahliah Barnett stood atop a miniature stage, flanked by a cellist and a pianist, to deliver mesmerizing renditions of her MAGDALENE highlights "mary magdalene" and "cellophane."
Unsurprisingly, twigs' music served as the perfect accompaniment for Piccioli's latest collection, which was heavy on suiting and outerwear, much of which came accented with various prints of flowers. As twigs stood on stage expertly hitting the ethereal high notes that have made her one of the most critically-acclaimed artists of our generation, it was hard to separate the soaring emotion pouring from her diaphragm from the emotionally resonant garments that trotted down Piccioli's Paris runway.
Check out some footage of FKA twigs' captivating performance below: